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Jul. 12th, 2009 03:46 am
gerisullivan: (Carnegie Hall)
The subject line refers to the number of steps I walked Saturday. It was my first "over 10,000" day since surgery.

I would have walked more if I were at Birds Hill Park in Manitoba for BaggieCon at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, but that's okay. I doubt I would have held up through 26,5XX steps, which is my all time daily record since I started wearing a pedometer two years ago. I set the record at BaggieCon in 2007 after having walked 18,000+ steps the day before.

The entire 127-acre Smith College campus is a botanical garden and arboretum. Gorgeous. I didn't know Susan could possibly walk past even one let alone hundreds of interesting plants without stopping to coo over each one, but she did. Admirably, without complaint or even a comment. There was the rest of the tour group of prospective students, parents, and friends to keep up with.

There any more college tours ahead. July is especially full of them. Susan and Gavi are spending most of the next two weeks here and we have 7-8 more tours on the schedule. They'll then be visiting three more schools on the way home. With luck, I'll be able to join them for Cornell in Ithaca, then a fun day in Corning looking at amazing glass. Fingers crossed!

It will be interesting to compare the tours I'm able to go along on and see how they differ. I thought our tour guide at Smith was fabulous, but Gavi said she was pretty much the same as the tour guides at Carleton, Macalester, and UW-Madison. Wow.

We're building break days into the schedule. We're all looking forward to sleeping in and just hanging out here at Toad Woods all day Sunday. Here's hoping I can plow through a bunch of the items on my To Do list -- the more I can stay on top of my work and other commitments, the more tours I can go along on.

Life is good. I hope the music and fun in Winnipeg is equally so.
gerisullivan: (Gargoyle)
The 85-mile trip home took most of 5.5 hours today. I built in several breaks, stopping for a half-hour or more pretty much every half-hour of driving. First at the NESFA Clubhouse, then at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, then a welcome visit with [livejournal.com profile] nesfan, and finally at the Charleton rest area, just for good measure.

The frequent stops proved to be a good strategy. When I arrived home, I had enough energy to move sixteen packed bags plus two bags of groceries from the car to the first floor of the Zeppelin Hangar. Sorry, [livejournal.com profile] fringefaan; it wasn't 3x3, but rather 4x4. (The ants go marching....)

The house is standing, but the window box was somehow knocked mostly to the ground while I was gone and my beloved not-a-gargoyle is now a scattered mass of shards. I suspect a deer came in close to investigate the romaine lettuce growing in the window box, then had the bejeesus scared out of it when it knocked the window box loose from its rack. I supposed it could have been some other animal larger than a squirrel and smaller than a deer, but deer seem the most likely suspects.

I've just started reading Jim Butcher's Dresden Files books. Perhaps magic or wizardry are responsible, instead.

It sure was a good gargoyle. I'll miss him.

Still, it's good to be home.

I took the bag of dirty laundry downstairs and started the dehumidifier -- the basement really needs it. I suppose I should carry a bag upstairs and make sure everything is okay there, too. There's only one problem. If I do, I may well just fall into bed and sleep the sleep of the healing.
gerisullivan: (Default)
In a mere 4 hours, [livejournal.com profile] debgeisler will be driving me to the hospital where I will say my final farewell (and good riddance) to Sir G. Bladder, aka Little Gallbie.

Both names were granted this past week by Mr. Improbable, Marc Abrahams. They make me smile.

We have to be there at 5:30 am; surgery is scheduled for 7:30 am and should be done by 9 or so. If all goes according to plan, I'll won't be staying there overnight. Some people end up staying one night and coming home the next day. If they have to do it the "old way," I'll be in the hospital for 3-4 days and have a much longer recovery period, too. I'm rooting for things going according to plan.

The hospital reportedly has wifi. Deb will be posting some friends-locked entries here, and both she and [livejournal.com profile] elaine_brennan are likely to post one or more updates on Little Gallbie's departure, my use of the Comfort Penguin, and other amusements along the way.

If you don't have access to my friends-locked posts and would like updates emailed to you, please send a note to Elaine and ask her to add you to the email distribution list she's managing for me for the next few days, or however long it takes for me to be reasonably back on my feet again.

Elaine's address is elaineb at gmail dot com.

Thanks for all your thoughts and good wishes. Much appreciated!

Bye-bye, Little Gallbie. I'm glad you were happy living here for so very long, and appreciate the clarity and speed with which you made it apparent you're ready to leave. In just a few hours, we'll both be the better for that.

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